Behaviour Analysis

Practice guided by Behaviour Analysis is a teaching approach that takes the scientific principles of learning and behaviour, and applies them in practice to teach important skills, personalised to an individual.

It can also be used to help reduce behaviours that challenge or that limit opportunities by teaching functional alternatives. Behaviour Analysis helps us to understand how learning takes place, and how behaviour can be affected by the environment.

How we use Behaviour Analysis at BeyondAutism

At BeyondAutism, we use teaching strategies underpinned by Behaviour Analysis and guided by the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Verbal Behaviour, to teach our learners social, communication, academic and daily living skills tailored according to their specific needs. This forms part of our interdisciplinary approach with Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Teachers, to ensure a well-rounded, balanced curriculum for each of our learners that is focussed on their individual preferences and needs.

We use behaviour analysis to track progress and create positive, fun and motivating educational and learning experiences that make a real difference to our learners’ lives. Complex skills are broken down and taught step-by-step including daily living skills, communication, functional academic skills and social skills, to ultimately empower our learners to be as independent as possible, access their local communities and make informed choices about their ideal week.

Our teaching aims to:

  • Motivate adults to want to learn
  • Understand behaviour and why it occurs
  • Support adults to be successful in their learning
  • Teach functional language and communication.

How do we do this?

There is no one way to teach using Behaviour Analysis. Each learner is an individual, therefore all interventions are tailored to their needs and will vary depending on those needs. However, there are some commonalities:

  • All students will have an initial baseline assessment in their first 6 weeks
  • All programmes will focus on motivating the students to be able to access learning
  • All programmes will focus on teaching functional language and communication
  • Where needed programmes will have a focus on teaching pre-requisite skills to learning such as copying others or following simple instructions from others
  • Programmes will focus on teaching self-care and independence skills.

Applied Behaviour Analysis

A set of evidence-based principles derived from applied research on the science of understanding learning and behaviour, which guide a behaviour analytical approach to teaching important skills.

Verbal Behaviour

Verbal Behaviour (VB) is a strand of research that analysed language as a behaviour which you learn and acquire in the same way as any other behaviour. There is a large body of research supporting this analysis of language and its application to teaching autistic children and young adults communication skills.

To find out more visit the Behaviour Analysis section on the BeyondAutism website.